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12.04.2006 Crime & Punishment

Osei-Ameyaw’s Accuser Arrested

By Graphic

Elizabeth Agyapong, the woman at the centre of certain allegations against a Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, was yesterday arrested at her hideout at Tuba, near Bortianor in the Greater Accra Region. Elizabeth, also known as Sharitu Abdulrahman, a native of Nanton in the Northern Region, has also been linked to last Saturday's incident at Bortianor in which a soldier was killed, while two other soldiers and two civilians were injured.

Before her arrest, the suspect, who is currently assisting in investigations, claimed she had been staying at a hotel in East Legon for the past five months.

She claimed that she was in the hotel when a team of officials from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service came there looking for her.

Elizabeth who was being sought for in connection with a series of criminal cases in Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi, had been on the run for some time.

The Deputy Director-General of the CID, Mr Kwabena Ampewuah, told the Daily Graphic that the Police Administration had offered a ¢20-million reward to any member of the public who would provide information that would lead to the arrest and successful prosecution of the suspects in the Bortianor case.

He said anyone with information on the whereabouts of the person or persons connected with the Bortianor incident should therefore contact the police.

He also appealed to anyone who had been defrauded by Elizabeth to lodge his or her complaint with the CID Headquarters.

Other security sources the Daily Graphic contacted indicated that the soldiers who were assaulted, resulting in the death of one of them, had gone there in the company of three civilian friends of theirs to collect their money from Elizabeth.

The three civilians were identified as Anthony Obbin, Tahiru Abdulrahman and Ibrahim Zakari.

Elizabeth is said to owe the three civilians various sums of money after collecting mobile phones, wax prints, money to buy soya beans and taking custody of a car she had not paid for.

Two weeks ago, the police mounted a search for her after Mr Osei-Ameyaw lodged a complaint with the police that Elizabeth had allegedly threatened to kill him.

She was alleged to have threatened to send a gang from Tamale to Accra to carry out her threat, if Mr Osei-Ameyaw did not stop demanding a debt of more than ¢142 million she owed him.